So, this happened for one of my students…she earned her Bronze Star in Girl Scouts (a tremendous accomplishment) and was able to participate in a Zoom with Mrs. Obama! Read her post below. I finally got to talk to Mrs.Michelle … Continue reading →
Many people think puns and memes are low level writing used to get an easy laugh. Nothing is further from the truth. Crafting puns and memes requires a sophisticated awareness of words and images.
The easy laugh is just a bonus.
During our state testing week, I always bring in a unit on puns and memes for students. They are a natural extension of social media and the kids are thrilled to have fun and get grades for something they partake of daily. Don’t get me wrong, there is talk of the different type of puns: homophonic, homographic, close-sounding. We even discuss how a meme must have an image to be funny, but puns rely on word-play. But the magic is when students spend time creating personal and original puns and memes to share with the class.
To wrap up our unit, we all dress up as a pun or meme and spend the day puzzling other teachers and students with our wit and creativity. Our principal even got in on the dress-up fun and visited the classroom to share a giggle or two.
It is my favorite time of the year! Thoughts? What is your favorite unit to learn or teach?
Book clubs are one of my favorite things as a teacher. There is something invigorating about having students sprawled all around the classroom, books propped up willy-nilly, and that silence when a group is sucked into the story. Don’t get … Continue reading →
Read all the way down this post to see our mixtape! The instructions in the image were a part of our unit on rhetoric and persuasion. Students learned about Aristotle’s rhetorical elements: ethos, logos, and pathos. We analyzed advertisements in … Continue reading →
Reading is dreaming with open eyes. Do you agree with Anissa Trisdianty about reading? I do! As a teacher, I spend the school year convincing students of this idea. My purpose is clear: have students become passionate speakers, readers, and … Continue reading →
When does the lesson have to change? When it snows in Cave Creek! The Snow Some people may ask, ¨What is so exciting?¨ but for us Arizona kids, snow is a miracle. Today at school it snowed for … Continue reading →
Each sliver of the photo represents something I noticed during a walk through the desert today. Choose a sliver and create a story for the image. What do you imagine is happening in each part of the photo? Add your … Continue reading →
Spring Break is now a 2-week event for us and I am making an effort to adjust. Minimal contact is a challenge since I am accustomed to being with 86 students daily. Imagine going from hundreds of interactions with over … Continue reading →
Governor Ducey closed all Arizona schools today. News programs, newspapers, and social media are filled with information about the Covid 19 virus and how the American government is moving to manage the spread of the virus. Closing the schools is … Continue reading →
LOOK AT THE BOOKS I GET TO BRING BACK! All of them are traveling from Philadelphia to Arizona via my suitcases soon. This means new books are coming into the classroom for students to explore (and that there may be … Continue reading →